(WBNG) -- 12 News has received the following joint statement from UHS and Lourdes about the increase in hospitalizations.
While hospitalizations in our area have increased, both Ascension Lourdes and UHS have adequate capacity to meet the healthcare needs of our community. Both Ascension Lourdes and UHS have surge plans in place to handle the needs of the community during these COVID outbreaks. It is this constant planning and preparing that allow us to quickly adapt to the needs of our patients and to the health care demands of our community. Preparedness efforts are ongoing and we are working cooperatively with the Broome County Health Department to monitor the infection in our
community and to constantly evaluate our capacity and PPE supply.
We are open: We want to remind the community that all of our facilities —hospitals, emergency rooms, clinics and offices — are open and have safeguards in place to minimize exposure risk related to coronavirus (COVID-19). Do not delay your care during this time and get immediate care for life-threatening illness, injury and symptoms related to heart attack and stroke.
COVID-19 Screening: If you are concerned that you may have COVID-19 please visit our websites at healthcare.ascension.org and nyuhs.org, to take the virtual screening. Upon completion of the screening you will be directed to the next steps in your care. You can also visit our websites to schedule virtual visits with many providers so that you don't have to come to a facility for routine appointments.
Take precautions: Help us to protect you and our healthcare providers. Stay vigilant by washing your hands, keeping your distance, wearing masks while in public, avoiding large gatherings and getting your flu shot. Everyone in our community plays a crucial role in helping us to all stay healthy and safe. We have to work together to curb the high number of cases that we are experiencing and protect our neighbors.
(WBNG) -- The are more people in the hospital with COVID-19 in Broome County than at any other point in the pandemic.
Broome County Executive Jason Garnar says the county has streamlined data with its hospitals to determine how many COVID patients are being hospitalized quickly. As of this article, 45 Broome County residents are hospitalized.
In total, 72 people are in a Broome County hospital. Garnar says that number includes patients from outside the county.
12 News has reached out to UHS and Lourdes Hospital for more information and is waiting to hear back.